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Can some software physically damage hardware?

I know a question similar to this one has been asked before however it was about installing a 32bit OS on a 64bit laptop. My question is more....damaging. I was wondering if there was a way of ...
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Can Screwdrivers With Magnetic Tips Cause Damage To Electronics?

While it is convenient to pick screws with magnetized tips i wonder if the magnetism can cause any damage to electronics?
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Can a power failure or forceful shutdown damage hardware?

Can computer hardware suffer damage from forceful shutdowns (holding the power button for five (5) seconds) or power failures? I believe that normal PC hardware does not suffer from this - after ...
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Can flash memory be physically damaged if power is interrupted while writing?

If data is actively being written to a flash memory device, can a memory cell (or perhaps the entire memory device) be physically damaged if power is removed, or will data simply be corrupted? Can ...
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Can spilling a liquid on a keyboard or other input device connected to a desktop computer damage the computer itself?

I've heard that spilling liquid on the (wired) keyboard of a desktop computer can cause damage to the motherboard or other parts. Is this possible, or will only the keyboard be damaged? How does ...
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SMD transistor on motherboard is blown after a big spark; case fan no longer works

So I installed a new fan and upon turning on the computer there was a huge spark with loud bang. Everything stopped working until I unplugged power from motherboard. Now upon boot, computer says one ...
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Did my apartment's electronic key fob fry my flash drive?

I had a great thumb drive on my keychain (a LaCie iAmAKey), right next to the electronic key fob I use to beep myself into my apartment. Recently it's given up the ghost, refusing to be recognized on ...
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Is it safe to just yank an external hard drive if you know nothing is writing to it?

Yes, I know somewhat about the possibility of data corruption if there was data that hadn't been all written to it. But I just saw this: Note:If u remove HDD(not USB sticks) without safely ...
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Water damaged parts, is there any chance of recovery?

I live in the Philippines and our house here was one of the many that was submerged by the flash floods that Typhoon Ketsana brought. We moved one of our computers from the first to the second floor ...
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Cannot enter BIOS due to broken screen

Lately my laptop(hp g42 247sb) screen is damaged, so I hook it up with a external monitor(LG something) and it works fine now. But the only annoying thing is I cannot navigate the BIOS menu for some ...
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Sun and or heat damage to back of monitor or computer

I have a laptop, and 2 monitors that are on a desk next to a window. They get direct sunlight for a few hours a day. In summer it seems to be about 3 hours. Most days I'm not using the hardware during ...
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Damaged laptop power plug?

Should I be worried about a damaged computer plug? My parents (or someone) knocked it over today. I notice it is no longer straight. There seems like a little tear in the rubber from the fall. I'm ...
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hibernate: can it damage a hard disk

I have been told by someone quite knowledgeable in PC's that placing a PC into hibernate mode can be detrimental to a hard disk or the MBR (Master Boot Record) can be damaged and so cause some havoc. ...
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Danger/Risk of Plugging USB Devices into Powered USB Ports

This question seems like it would have a logical answer, but I thought I’d ask to be safe. As shown in the photo below, there exist externally-powered USB hubs (A) and USB power-adapters—like the ...
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What's wrong with this screen

I have a Samsung netbook N130, out of warranty. One day a kid sat on it and since then the display on the monitor is split horizontally. Each half is a duplicate of the other as you can see on these ...
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Laptop water damage repair procedure

I'd love some advice in repairing a water-damaged laptop. My girlfriend spilled a glass of water on her Sony Vaio and now it doesn't turn on...at all...dead! What steps should I go through to work ...
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Can using higher rated battery damage device?

I am in need of a battery for my Lenovo 3000 Y410 Laptop. It's installed battery has voltage rating of 10.8v. But the shop i've consulted has only a battery of 11.1v rating. Should I buy the ...
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What happens when water is spilled in a powered-on PC?

I spilled some water into a PC (it got through the fan vents) and it powered down immediately. I just got a few splashes on the motherboard and graphics card. Is it fried? Also: The RAM did not get ...
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Laptop won't boot after alcohol spill

So I just had a minor spill and let everything dry out. Now when I try to boot my laptop, I get one or two beeps on the bios splash screen before the laptop shuts down. I can't get to the post screen ...
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Does Torrent programs damage hard disk

As it's clear from the title. Someone told me that torrent programs keep reading and writing to HDD for long time and that will slow down this HDD and may cause damage to it. Is that true ??
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Burnt SATA Drive

By stupid curiosity, I've connected the FDD power cable to the jumper pins of a SATA drive, and powered on the system. The SATA drive's controller burned out. What now? Can it be replaced, and still ...
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How to fix a cracked disc?

A friend of mine has a DVD with a crack "its a crack straight through it, about two centimeters on each side of the middle circle", he says. I suggested toothpaste, will anything else work?
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Bent processor socket pins LGA1155 after overheating CPU

I have an i7-2600k (not overclocked) on an ASUS P8Z68 V-Pro motherboard that I was cooling using a Corsair H60 since last August. My A/C went out for a period of two weeks and my ambient temperature ...
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Will my speakers be damaged if I play extreme frequencies through them?

I noticed my laptop struggling to play low frequencies and unsmooth periodic functions like square and sawtooth waves. Instead of low noises it sounded like a cell phone vibrating on a hard table. Is ...
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Huge area of stuck pixels

A toddler slammed down my laptop screen while an iPod was laying on top of the keyboard. The damage resulted in a massive area of stuck pixels on the laptop screen, approximately 2 inches by 10 ...
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What are possible consequences of frequent BSODs?

I have a Sony laptop which originally came with Windows Vista. So, later when I changed OS to Windows 7, I had to find windows 7 version of drivers for my graphics card, but that version was never ...
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Neo magnet damage to electronics

Ok, so here is the situation. We use tablets, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite to be exact, in our production facility to deliver configuration parameters to our employees. It is often the case that they ...
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Does the sunlight destroy the Optical Disks data?

I was reading this question about destroying safety data from CD's and I was about to recommend in a comment to use this laser in form of a lighter that is >2000 times more powerful than the sun in ...
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How to test if a processor is heat damaged?

I have an older PC with an Phenom II processor that we use as a kids' computer. It's been running fine until about a week ago when it randomly shut down and would not get past the Windows load screen ...
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Windows 7 UFD not responding after hard ejection

On a specific Windows 7 installation, I've got a USB flash drive that was removed while writing to it and since then on that specific machine the OS will not recognize it. When I plug it in, it take a ...
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How to fix damaged NTFS partition?

I have an external HDD with one NTFS partition. I wanted to transfer some files between PCs, so I have copied some files from Debian PC to the drive. After then as usual I have chosen safety remove ...
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How can I ensure that my laptop will be replaced under warranty? [closed]

I know this is a controversial question but please hear me out. I bought a laptop from one of the major Computer companies in the UK. I bought a 3yr accidental warranty with it. Ever since I bought ...
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I have accidentally spilt coffee on my desktop keyboard

I have accidentally spilt coffee on my keyboard. I unplugged it and let it dry for half an hour, then I reattached it and it worked perfectly for one hour of continuous use - but then I tried a couple ...
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Moving an external hard drive while running

I mean physically moving the drive around. I've never dealt with external hard drives before. Just plugged this wd mypassport to test the transfer rate. At one point I 'safely ejected' the drive. A ...
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Will running ddrescue on a badly scratched DVD damage my DVD drive?

Is there any reason why running a lengthy ddrescue session on a scratched DVD would be bad for the DVD drive? Something like overheating or straining of certain components?
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USB ports on a laptop

If you attach too many USB devices to one USB port on a laptop by using something that allows you to attach multiple USB devices then can that cause damage to the USB port?
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Ubuntu on Apple hardware (early 2011 MacBook Pro)

This isn't so much a "how do I install Linux on Apple hardware" question, but rather a "could this do any sort of damage" one. I've heard a few people speak of "burning out" the Apple hardware by ...
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LCD screen damaged?

Ok, So I have an ASUS Laptop, obviously with lcd screen. Recently I may or may not have (shifty eyes) sat on it. Accidentally! I freaked out as soon as I heard something crack, saw it was my precious ...
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Will just a couple of thermal “trip” shutdowns typically damage a CPU?

The short version If a CPU gets so hot that the system turns itself off because of a thermal trip signal just a couple of times, is it likely that the CPU will be damaged? Or does the trip do its ...
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Run external hard drive without case

My external hard drive case broke. The drive still works. Can I just place it on my desk, out of the way, without it being in a case? Does it have to have a fan?
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Can using a laptop on a bus harm the hardware? [closed]

If I use my laptop while on the bus, could this damage the hardware? How might the hardware become damaged?
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Data loss by randomly unplugging the computer during runtime

I'm from Austria and we and the Germans have some sort of bad science-show which runs every day. What I call it would rougly translate to "half-knowledge" if you want so. By the way: It is called ...
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Short Circuit - can it cause/detecting damage

It's a fairly simple question, can a short circuit in a modern PC cause damage, or are they pretty well protected? The situation being my PC shutdown unexpectedly on my wife. I had to open it up, tip ...
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Can an energy saving powerboard damage your computer?

Two months ago, I bought a Jackson Master/Slave Green Energy Saving Powerboard. I plugged my high-end gaming desktop computer into the master port, and the screen, speakers, etc. into the slave ...
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Windows shell damaged? Basic tabs and buttons layout with Aero enabled

I would need little help from you. This is first time I see something like this happen to shell in Windows 7, as you can see, tabs and buttons in some programs, or control panel (see screenshot) are ...
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Would using P2P like software damage my SSD?

I have heard some nasty comments about the constant use of P2P like software would seriously damage the normal hard drive, would it have the same level of negative effect on SSD? Thanks.
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Why is my PC running horrendously slow after month of being turned off?

I hadn't turned on my tower until today, it has been off for about the last month. However, the power supply wasn't switched off (so I think there was power to the motherboard). I've got a relatively ...
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Motherboard scratch

I purchased a month ago a motherboard (LGA 1156 - Gigabyte P55A-UD6) at about 328USD. All worked fine until yesterday, when I saw I mounted the CPU fan (Thermaltake Frio - a monster of 1.5kg weight) ...
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Accidental format of external hard drive (not started but gave problems and now the disk doesn't mount)

I've done the following (stupid) thing: I had to format a SD card on Vista. So I right clicked, then selected quick format... just a second after I noticed that IT WAS MY USB HDD. :O and I hit CANCEL. ...
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Windows computer getting Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) after a fall

Accidentally knocked my laptop onto the ground last night and have been having some trouble with it since. After picking it up, I opened the screen to make sure there wasn't any obvious damage and, ...